Comment 26 for bug 573919

Further investigation revealed that in my case autofs was not racing with statd, but rather with nis (client daemon): bug 569757 and bug 570513. The workaround #15 appeared to work in some cases, because it introduced a small delay into autofs init script, which gave time for the nis daemon to start before autofs needed it.

I sympathize with other frustrated users of Ubuntu. I recently installed lucid on 9 machines (servers and workstations), none of which was able to boot correctly without extensive fiddling with init scripts, due to various Upstart-related problems.